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Trail Users Help Keep Hills Safe

With the possibility of night hiking coming to City of SLO Open Space, it has been easy to forget just what it takes to keep up the City’s expanding trail network.

Some local volunteers got a first hand lesson from Ranger Ryley Washbish on Oct. 21 with a Saturday work morning clearing drainage cutouts on the hill slope trails along the creek at the Madonna entrance to the Irish Hills Natural Preserve.

Volunteers are encouraged to assist City Rangers twice per month on what the City terms, “specific sections of the open space in need of maintenance,” but turnout varies.

Participants this time included a father and son duo working to fulfill community service project hours for Mission Prep High School and a biologist taking the day off to escort two teenaged mountain bike enthusiasts to help out on the path they routinely enjoy.

The next volunteer day is Nov. 4 at Johnson Ranch and again on Nov. 18 for Irish Hills.

More information can be found online at: www.slocity.org/government/department-directory/parks-and-recreation/ranger-service

Photos by Camas Frank

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